The Worship Quote of the Week for (03/18/2003):

Prayer: What Is It?
Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE concerns balanced biblical prayer and is from the pen
of C. S. Lewis.

Prayer is either a sheer illusion or a personal contact between embryonic,
incomplete persons (ourselves) and the utterly concrete Person. Prayer in the
sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and
penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision
and enjoyment of God its bread and wine.

—C. S. Lewis, from THE WORLD’S LAST NIGHT (New York: Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1960), page 8. ISBN 0156027712

[If Lewis is right in saying that the threshold to prayer is confession and
penitence, no wonder that we are sometimes so reluctant to enter. Take
another look at Psalm 32 and Luke 18:9-14.]

Have a great week.
Pray without ceasing.

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky